The Cool Phones: Xperia Ion, Xperia Acro S & Xperia Go
Sony Mobile Xperia Mayhem
The last time Sony Mobile made a show of its products was back in February, during the massive annual Mobile World Congress 2012 event. Fast forward to June, six Xperia phones, with estimated Q3 launch dates, have made its debut in Southeast Asia, bringing Sony Mobile's total portfolio to nine within a span of less than a year. If you were to consider the other phones launched earlier under the Sony Ericsson branding, the company has far more smartphones in retail, giving consumers a dizzying variety of choices. But for now, let's focus on the newer Sony Mobile Xperia phones.
While the phones announced today are missing the transparent band seen on the Xperia S, P, and U, they share many physical similarities with their cousins as you would see later in our article. All phones will come with Android 4.0 out-of-the-box, with the exception of the Xperia Go (Android 2.3 upon launch with ICS update in Q3 after its launch). Without further ado, here's the lowdown on today's Xperia event:
Sony Xperia Ion
The Sony Xperia Ion was first unveiled during CES 2012, alongside its other flagship device, the Xperia S. Like its 4.3-inch cousin, the Ion is outfitted with a huge 4.55-inch HD 720p touchscreen with a 12-megapixel camera (both rear and front-facing cameras can deliver HD recording capabilities). Clearly, the phone is targeted towards those who primarily use their smartphones for watching multimedia and taking photos. The Android 4.0 device comes with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM which will contribute to a sufficiently smooth user experience. However, while it was announced to come with LTE capabilities at CES, it is incompatible with our local 4G networks. As such, the version coming to Singapore is without LTE support.
Key highlights of the Sony Xperia Ion
Sony Xperia Acro S
4.3-inch HD Reality Display touchscreen aside, the Acro S's main selling point would be in its PlayStation certification and its extra level of durability and protection. The former allows users access to Sony Entertainment Network and PlayStation Network on top of games offered in the stock Google Play app market (just like the Xperia Play smartphone). On the durability front, the Acro S is virtually waterproof and dustproof according to Sony. Quick demos at the launch further sealed this point as photographed below, so those needing a device that is a tad more resistant to nature, looks modern and features a wider range of gaming options - you're definitely in for a treat. Is it a worthy buy? You'll have to wait for our full review of it when the device is available.
Key highlights of the Sony Xperia Acro S
Sony Xperia Go
While ultra rugged devices such as the Panasonic ToughPad A1 sport bulkier chassis due to their durability requirements, dust and water resistance features, Sony proves that stylish designs are still possible on smaller devices like the Xperia Go (and the Xperia Acro S). In fact, the Sony Xperia Go is one of the most aesthetically-pleasing rugged smartphones we've seen so far with its bright colors and sleek profile of 9.8mm thin. However, do take note that the yellow variant seen below is only available in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Key highlights of the Sony Xperia Go
For a more visual overview of the cool phones featured on this page, check out this mini video clip to highlight the key aspects of each device:-